Special Topics: The Use of Humor|
Fall 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory, Writing|
In this prose writing workshop, we will explore a variety of ways that humor can be deployed, in works ranging from the obviously comic, such as CÚsar Aira's novel THE LITERARY CONFERENCE (wacky hilarity) to works that might not be thought of as comic, such as Lynne Tillman's NO LEASE ON LIFE (jokes as a formal element in an otherwise grim fictional landscape) and Wayne Koestenbaum's HUMILIATION (a serious meditation with many funny examples and an antic voice). Other readings will be by Donald Barthelme, Renee Gladman, David Rakoff, Mary Robison, and Lynne Tillman. Students may write fiction or nonfiction; humor is optional.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Four short writing assignments; one longer story or essay and a revision; an in-class presentation on one of the readings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To apply for this course, please submit either 3-8 pages of creative writing or a statement of no more than 2 pages describing your interest in this course and any past history with creative writing. The application deadline is Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Please submit your materials electronically in a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use either Microsoft word or rich-text- format for your attachment. You will be notified electronically of the status of your application.
This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.